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Press Release: Idaho Stands with Kansas and Arkansas Against Proposed EPA Rule Impacting Meat and Poultry Industry

By • March 27, 2024

The following press release was sent out by the Office of Attorney General Raúl Labrador. Press releases do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.

[BOISE] — Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador issued a statement condemning the proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the liquid waste produced by meat and poultry processing plants in the United States. The Idaho Attorney General joins other states in expressing concern over the unnecessary and detrimental nature of this proposed regulation.

“This proposed rule is just the latest in a long line of illegal and overreaching federal interference that brings crippling regulatory costs on businesses in rural states like Idaho,” said Attorney General Labrador. “This rule pretends to protect navigable water, but it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing, regulating businesses that have absolutely zero touchpoints with navigable water in the first place. It’s all about control. The EPA should withdraw the rule immediately.”

The proposed rule would expand regulations to include indirect discharges from meat and poultry facilities, affecting thousands of facilities across the nation. This expansion of regulatory authority exceeds the EPA’s statutory authority under the Clean Water Act, potentially leading to significant economic impacts on businesses and consumers.

“This new proposed rule would regulate indirect discharges from these facilities; that would expand the regulation to some 3,879 facilities,” the letter reads.

Of 5,055 meat processing facilities in the United States, currently the EPA only regulates 171.

The proposed rule comes as a response to a settlement agreement between the EPA and environmental groups, which raises serious concerns about due process and transparency in the regulatory process.

Attorney General Labrador joins Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach, Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin, and every other republican Attorney General in the United States in calling for the EPA to withdraw their proposed regulation.

The states signing on to the letter with Kansas, Arkansas, and Idaho include Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The letter can be read in full online here.


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7 thoughts on “Press Release: Idaho Stands with Kansas and Arkansas Against Proposed EPA Rule Impacting Meat and Poultry Industry

  1. Attorney General Raúl Labrador is doing the work it takes to stop this monstrous regime. I support him and appreciate all he is doing. Thank you.

  2. OMG Please someone regulate these hell holes. “factory farms are filthy — the 24,000 farms in the U.S. produce an equivalent of 940 billion pounds of manure each year — TWICE as much as the sewage produced by the entire U.S. population. The waste is stored in giant cesspools, where it often pollutes the air, drinking water, and local waterways of nearby communities, which are disproportionately rural, low-income, and Black and brown.“

    Animals, people, and the planet are suffering.

    STOP protecting the profits of these businesses. Protect the animals, the waterways, and the communities.

    You must know factory farms subject animals to hell on earth. Hens are crammed into tiny cages where they are unable to spread their wings, and mother pigs are penned in tiny metal cages, with no room to even turn around. Every day, factory-farm animals are subject to abject cruelty at the hands of the Big Meat and Dairy corporations that operate these large-scale, industrial operations.

    1. You’re welcome to your uninformed position all you want, but the fact is that the waterways aren’t affected. And the waste doesn’t pollute the air or drinking water – those are outright falsehoods. If you’re quoting, it’s from an editorial.

      As to the rest, hello: animals are NOT people. They don’t have feelings. They don’t have rights. If you want to go make pets of them, go ahead. But stop pretending they are human beings.

    2. The real pollution is the chemicals that are in animal feed and thus stay in the meat. These chemicals are not seen and do not smell so we accept them in our agriculture. Some people now realize the reason we have a lot of cancer. We farmed in Colorado near a feed lot. We were given free manure from the feed lot. We stopped using the manure because it killed our crops. Chemical ag and pharmaceuticals kill and destroy health. Repent America. Don’t take the shot. Forever chemicals in our soil and water destroying our health.

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